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10-Days Classic Silk Road Xinjiang-Gansu-Qinghai

Tour Code :CSR007

Tour Destination :Silk Road

Tour Duration :10 Days

Departure Date :Daily departure

Tour Type :Tour Package

Customizable :Yes


This tour covers West of China with its precious grasslands, mountains, lakes, rivers and deserts in Xinjiang and Qinghai provinces.



DAY 1: Arrive in Urumqi
Upon arrival in Urumqi by flight, greeted by local Uighur guide and transferred to hotel, or roam the local streets nearby recommended by our guide.

DAY 2: Urumqi - Tianchi (Heavenly lake) - Urumqi by road
Drive to Tianchi (Heavenly Lake), a marvelous view of mountain lake formed more than million years ago in the 4th glacial epoch. It is famed as the "Jewel in the Crown". The pine trees covering the hillsides and the snow capped mountains in the background make the huge clear water spectacular sight-reminiscent of Switzerland or the Rocky mountains but somehow with more vibrancy and color. Bogda Peak - the highest peak stands to the east of the lake in the east part of Tianshan Mountain which is capped by glacier and snow glistening in the sun, finely contrasted with blue lake water, forming fabulous scenery.


Ramble around the Grand Bazaar after back from Tianchi.


DAY 3: Urumqi - Turpan by flight
Pass through the Flaming Mountains named of the red clay mountains reflect the heat and glow of the desert in the evenings and seem to burn. It is an intensely hot part of the desert without a single blade of grass to be seen for miles. In July, the mountains seem to be on fire in the burning sun and become a purplish-brown colour.


Only in Turpan, you can find the Karez Well, the underground canal. It is one of the three greatest irrigation systems in ancient China together with the Jinghang Manmade Cannel, and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System.


Gaochang Ruin, the Uyghur city-state around the 9th century to the 13th, which was founded a few hundred years earlier than that, and gradually became known as a trading post on the Silk Road.


DAY 4: Turpan - Hami by road
Appreciate the second largest prairie in Xinjiang, Balikun Prairie.


Have a local family visit. You will be feasted with kumiss, ghee and their pastries. Finally, we arrive in the gateway city of east Xinjiang - Hami via the White Stone Parkland.

DAY 5: Hami - Dunhuang by road
After breakfast we go to visit the Mogao Grottoes also known as Thousand Buddha Cave is one of three noted grottoes in China and also the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. Despite years of erosion, the murals are still brightly colored, with clear lines. Through pictures of different styles and schools drawn in different historical periods, they tell Buddhist stories and ways as well as life in the secular world.


Then, we go to Mingsha Mountain and Yueya Spring. The sand storms at Mingsha Mountain are said to create almost melodic sounds as millions of minute particles bounce and rub. Countless Silk Road travelers, nomads, merchants and tourists today have quenched their thirsts at Yueya Spring or called Crescent Lake.


After dinner you can have a night walking at Shazhou Night Market.

DAY 6: Dunhuang - Jiayuguang - Zhangye by road
Visit Jiayuguan Pass, the western end of the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty as well as the most magnificent and best-preserved pass among the over thousand passes along the Ming Great Wall, known as "Impregnable Pass Under Heaven". Here, you can overlook the "little Badaling" - Xuanbi Great Wall, also called Overhanging Great Wall which means the wall hanging on the cliff. It's a rather ancient portion of the famous China Great Wall.


Arrive in Zhangye to visit the Giant Buddha Temple.


DAY 7: Zhangye - Xining by road
Drive to Xining, the capital of Qinghai to visit Ta'er Monastery which is the birth place of the founder of the Yellow Sect (also called Gelu Sect) Tsong Khapa. You can appreciate the famous butter sculptures, the barbolas, and the murals in the monastery.


DAY 8: Xining – Qinghai Lake - Xining by road
Through Riyue Mountain pass (The Sun and the Moon mountain) we arrive at Qinghai Lake (Koko Nor), which is the biggest inland salt lake in China. The most charming and attractive place in Qinghai Lake is the Birds Island.


Transfer back to Xining.

DAY 9: Xining - Lanzhou by road
In Lanzhou we will visit the Ancient Water Mill, a kind of ancient implement for irrigating at past, Zhongshan Bridge on the Yellow River, and Lanzhou Provincial Museum has an excellent selection of exhibits relating to Gansu and the Silk Road. 75,000 cultural relics including natural resources and historical exhibits are exhibited here.


In the city, you can try the local snack Lanzhou Noodles.

DAY 10: Leave Lanzhou
Our guide will meet you at your hotel and you will be transferred to Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport or Lanzhou Railway Station for next destination.

Hotels in Use:

Urumqi Mirage Hotel
Web: www.mirage-hotel.cn
Add: No.305, North Xinhua Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang, P. R. China  830002
Tel: (86-991)2937888

Turpan Huo Zhou Hotel
Add: Shui Yun Plaza, Donghuan Road, Turpan, Xinjiang 838000
Tel:(86 -995)8666999

Sunshine Hotel Hami
Add: Hami City on August 1, near South Road, near Xinmin six road
Tel: 0902-2222222

Grand Soluxe Hotel
Add: No. 1339 Yanguan Zhong Road, Dunhuang City, Gansu Province
Tel: (0937)8862888

Zhangye Tianyu International Hotel
Add: Ganquan Wenhua Square, Xiaoshizi, South Street, Ganzhou District, Zhangye
Tel: 86 936-8860330

Xining Xingwang International Hotel
Add: 2 Xida Street, Chengzhong District, Xining.
Tel: 0971-8266666-8611

Lanzhou Sunshine Hotel
Add: NO.428, Qingyang Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
Tel: 0086-931-4608888

Habahe Zijin Grand Hotel Atlay
Add: Habahe County Transit Rd.
Tel: 0906-6618888

Inclusion & Exclusion

1.Internal flights and/or train charge & taxes 
2.Hotels with daily western & Chinese buffet breakfasts 
3.Daily lunches and/or dinners at local finest restaurants 
4.Excellent private guide & driver 
5.Private clean and air-conditioned car or van
6.Entrance fees to all tourist sites
7.Two bottles of mineral water per person per day

1.Tips to tour guides and drivers;
2.Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.

Travel Tips

1. The tour program or listed hotels is subject to change before the tour booking done.                      

2. For the children at age <3, the land tour is free of charge if sharing one bed/seat with parents in hotels. For any air tickets included, the children need to pay actual cost charged by airline compay.
For any question on price for kids, please contact us to get more details. 

3. Please leave us message through inquiry form, if you have any question. We are very glad to help you tailor China travel to fit your requests.

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